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Monday, October 20, 2014

New Washington County/JCMC leadership team in place

Left to right: Dr. Clay Runnels, CMO; Rhonda Mann, CNO; Tony Benton, COO; Melody Trimble, CEO; Richard Boone, CFO; and Kenny Shafer, associate administrator.


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Mountain States Health Alliance has its new leadership team in place for Washington County and Johnson City Medical Center, headed by Vice President and CEO Melody Trimble.

 The leadership team, chosen over the last few months from both within and outside the organization, will oversee JCMC, Niswonger Children’s Hospital, Franklin Woods Community Hospital and Woodridge Hospital, which make up Mountain States’ largest and busiest market. JCMC is the hub facility of Mountain States’ 14 hospitals, serving as a Level 1 Trauma Center.

 “We want to continue building upon the great things that are happening in our Washington County facilities,” said Trimble, who joined Mountain States from Health Management Associations (HMA) in Florida. “I want to meet the physicians, board members and team members, and learn about them and about how we can collectively achieve amazing results. I want to empower all our team members to make a difference every day.”

 The leadership team includes:

  • Tony Benton, chief operating officer
  • Richard Boone, chief financial officer
  • Kenny Shafer, associate administrator
  • Dr. Clay Runnels, chief medical officer
  • Rhonda Mann, chief nursing officer

 Trimble, a Fellow of the American College of Hospital Executives (FACHE), worked with Mountain States CEO and President Alan Levine when he was also with HMA. She said she’s found this region to be both beautiful and friendly.

 “There’s beauty out every window,” she said. “The views are breathtaking and the people have been so warm and welcoming. I’m very grateful to be here and I look forward to working in the community, finding a church family and making a difference.”

 Trimble has joined the Washington County Economic Development Council and said she plans to serve on the Mountain States Foundation Board of Directors and the Hospital Alliance of Tennessee. She and her husband, Mike, have two grown daughters, Mary (and husband Daniel) and Michaela, as well as three beloved grandchildren who live in Knoxville.

 Here is more on the rest of the leadership team:

 Tony Benton, VP and COO – A Mountain States veteran, Benton had served as interim CEO since former JCMC leader David Nicely left in April for a job with another health care system in Middle Tennessee. Benton has also served as vice president of Strategic Planning, CEO of Franklin Woods and vice president of Marketing and Communications during his 13 years with Mountain States. As Franklin Woods CEO, he helped lead that hospital to national recognition for top performance in clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.

 Richard Boone, VP and CFO, JCMC – Richard spent more than 20 years with HMA in various roles including Group Operations Finance overseeing 35 hospitals in 11 states. Although not related to the famous late actor of the same name who starred in many Westerns, Richard has an interest in cattle, as Richard and his wife, Earlene, raise registered Polled Hereford and Black Hereford cattle.

 Kenny Shafer, Associate Administrator, Washington County – Shafer also came to Mountain States from HMA, where he was assistant administrator at Spring Hill and Brooksville Regional hospitals in Florida. He’s a big fan of golf, hiking and being outdoors, and received his BS from Florida Gulf Coast University and his master’s from University of Florida – thus is a Gator fan. He and his wife, Kaitlyn, have a 7-month-old girl named Blaire.

 Clay Runnels, MD, VP and CMO, Washington County – Runnels most recently served as CMO at Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport. He has served at Mountain States as an emergency department physician, assistant medical director and medical director for Emergency Services, and corporate medical director for Emergency Services. He has been involved in the co-management of the 12 Mountain States emergency departments, including more than 125 physicians and mid-levels. He and his wife Emily have five children, and Runnels enjoys coaching their teams in baseball and soccer whenever he can.

 Rhonda Mann, VP and CNO, JCMC – Mann took the CNO position in July after serving as CNO and assistant administrator at Franklin Woods Community Hospital since its opening in 2011, leading that hospital to national recognition for top performance in clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. Prior to her role at Franklin Woods, she was the CNO and assistant administrator at Johnson City Specialty and NorthSide Hospitals. She has held several other key positions with Mountain States since 1995, including ICU charge nurse and house supervisor at JCMC. Mann received her nursing degree from ETSU, MBA for King College, and completed a Fellowship with the Healthcare Advisory Board.